Dec 2020
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether;Mooney, Henry;Bollers, Elton;Rosenblatt, David;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Frazier, Gralyn;McCaskie, Ariel;Khadan, Jeetendra;Abdul-Haqq, Nazera;Gauto, Victor
For most Caribbean countries, the COVID-19 pandemic will translate into the deepest single-year contraction of real GDP on record in 2020. With the exception of Guyana, countries have experienced…
Dec 2020
Author(s): Saavedra, José Jorge;Alleng, Gerard
Like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Caribbean island economies have intrinsic characteristics that make them vulnerable to external shocks. The recent pandemic highlights the structural…
Jul 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Gauto, Victor;Bollers, Elton;Christie, Jason;McCaskie, Ariel;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk
Governments in the Caribbean region have been relatively successful in flattening the infection curve of the coronavirus in their countries. Geographical isolation is a contributing factor, but…
Apr 2020
Author(s): Mooney, Henry;Rosenblatt, David;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Gauto, Victor;Christie, Jason;Smets, Lodewijk;Khadan, Jeetendra
This special edition of the Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin focuses on the evolving economic and human consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak for countries in the Caribbean region. Our team of…
Mar 2020
Author(s): Deyal, Zubin;Smets, Lodewijk
Over the past three decades, fiscal rules have increasingly been used as a tool to promote fiscal responsibility and macroeconomic stability. In principle, fiscal rules have numerous benefits,…
Jan 2020
Author(s): Zegarra, Maria Alejandra;Schmid, Juan Pedro;Palomino, Luis;Seminario, Bruno
Hurricane Dorian has been among the most devastating natural disasters ever to hit The Bahamas. The estimated damages and losses from it amount to US$3.4 billion (IDB, 2019), a number equivalent to a…
Feb 2019
Author(s): Giles Álvarez, Laura;Waithe, Kimberly;Deyal, Zubin
The concepts of economic growth, public debt, and the government’s fiscal balance are strongly intertwined. In Barbados, low growth and recurring fiscal deficits have led to rapid accumulation of…
Sep 2018
Author(s): Beuermann, Diether;Schwartz, Moises;Schmid, Juan Pedro;Dippel, Christian;Schmidt-Hebbel, Klaus;Khadan, Jeetendra;Pecha, Camilo;Fajgenbaum, Jose;Loser, Claudio;Wright, Allan;Waithe, Kimberly;Bollers, Elton;Bonnett, Kevin;Wenner, Mark D.;Mejia, Camila;Mooney, Henry;Smets, Lodewijk
The book explores the historical development and status of political and economic institutions in The Caribbean. The Caribbean institutional reality is studied vis-à-vis best international practices…
Jun 2018
Author(s): Queijo Von Heideken, Virginia
This policy brief presents a summary of the country development challenges.
Jun 2018
Author(s): Queijo Von Heideken, Virginia
Este resumen de política presenta una síntesis de los desafíos de desarrollo que enfrenta Uruguay.
Jun 2018
Author(s): Miller, Sebastián J.
This policy brief presents a summary of the country development challenges.
Jun 2018
Author(s): Miller, Sebastián J.
Este resumen de política presenta una síntesis de los desafíos de desarrollo que enfrenta Chile.
Feb 2018
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Wenner, Mark D.;Bollers, Elton;Khadan, Jeetendra;Smets, Lodewijk;Mooney, Henry;Giles Álvarez, Laura;Schwartz, Moises;Beuermann, Diether;Waithe, Kimberly
Countries that have set themselves on a course of strengthening the quality of their institutions to provide a minimum of certainty to economic agents have been able to alter their development paths…
Sep 2017
Author(s): Clarke, Dillon;Khadan, Jeetendra;Lorde, Kishmar;Pradelli, Juan Jose;Schmid, Juan Pedro;Waithe, Kimberly;Wenner, Mark D.;Wright, Allan
All countries in the Caribbean face fiscal challenges. On the one hand, the countries that depend on tourism – Jamaica, Barbados, and The Bahamas – are at different stages of dealing with the…
Jun 2017
Author(s): Schmid, Juan Pedro;Wright, Allan;Waithe, Kimberly;Wenner, Mark D.;Clarke, Dillon;Khadan, Jeetendra;Pradelli, Juan Jose
This issue of the Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin explores the importance of commodities for the region’s countries. While the Caribbean includes commodity producers, most members depend heavily…
Feb 2017
Author(s): Wright, Allan;Kellman, Bradley
De-risking has the potential to develop into a threat to Barbados posing a challenge to the country's continued development and economic stability if left unchecked. Early indications are that…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Inter American Development Bank
This represents a compendium of knowledge products generated by the IDB's Caribbean Economics Lab, Country Department Caribbean Group, during the period 2013-2016. Products comprise monographs…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra;Ruprah, Inder J.
Economic diversification is an incessant theme threading policy discussion in Trinidad and Tobago, although with an ebb and flow over time. This topic is once again at the forefront of policy…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Khadan, Jeetendra;Ruprah, Inder J.
This report estimates the direct and indirect macroeconomic impact of the Brexit leave vote on the Caribbean during 2016 and 2017 in terms of economic growth, exports, tourism, and remittances. We…
Jul 2016
Author(s): Wenner, Mark D.;Clarke, Dillon
Chinese and Caribbean economic relations have deepened over the past decade and a half. The paper analyzes the impetus for China's foreign economic policy to reach out to developing regions such…